Jul 26 2013

Nasha- Movie Review

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nasha-posterThere’s only one reason why people would watch this film- Poonam Pandey and so it’s no surprise that I found 95% men in the theatre. Now if you’ve seen the trailer, you’d know what to expect. But guess what, I was very surprised!

The film is about a 17 yr old boy called Sahil (Shivam Patil) who is infatuated with his drama teacher Anita (Poonam Pandey). Things get strange when Sahil finds out that his dear teacher has a boyfriend and he can’t take it. He starts behaving odd and that affects his relationship with his girlfriend and friends.

We’ve seen a ton of films about a young boy in love or obsessed with a woman almost twice his age. This one’s no different. In fact, the story is highly clichéd and done to death. What sets it apart? Well, nothing and yet a lot of non-sense. Here are examples: Poonam Pandey, a teacher wears miniskirts and deep necked tops to college (It’s understood if she wears that in her house or out). Being a teacher she doesn’t care if students stare at her kissing her boyfriend very passionately not once, not twice but many times at several occasions. (PDA?) She takes her students for a movie called ‘Sultry Laash’ to get friendly with them. The young boy goes to her house late at night to see if she’s having sex with her boyfriend because he wants to prove his friends wrong about her doing it. What’s more, she hears a sound so instead of asking her boyfriend to check who it is, she gets up holding a bedsheet that barely covers her full body and walks with a candle in her hand (no lights in the house?). She sees the boy, the boy sees her and the bedsheet falls to break for an interval. If this isn’t enough, there’s more. For some odd reason we’re forced to see the boy’s wet dreams of Poonam Pandey dancing seductively, showing off her legs, etc. not once, not twice but atleast 3 to 4 times. He’s busy jerking off while dreaming and many others in the theatre probably were (Ewww gross thought!). There are many such weird moments in the film. What was funny was that an old parsi aunty sitting behind me was taking her God’s name and cursing her friend for getting her for a movie like Nasha.

So yes, apart from the story and these obvious tactics used to bring Poonam Pandey in the spotlight, direction Amit Saxena who’s directed Jism before has done a decent job. The story and screenplay might be a little too much at times but the director’s level-headedness sort of saves the film. Poonam Pandey has a lot of skin show and the styling is obviously done to titillate the men in the audience. The cinematography by James Fowlds I have to mention is top notch. The lighting is done very well and every moment is captured beautifully.

Superb background music manages to bring out the real emotions and life to the film. The music by Siddharth and Sangeet Haldipur is meant for the youth and might strike a chord for them but otherwise it’s just ok.

Poonam Pandey is surprisingly good as an actress even though all the skin show takes away a lot of attention from her acting which could have been avoided. Shivam Patil as the young boy is a great actor and justifies his role completely. All the other young actors have done a good job and have taken the film seriously. Vishal Bhonsle who plays Poonam’s boyfriend is convincing.

What’s good about Nasha is that the director’s actually manipulated the story and screenplay to the best of his ability and brought out the best from his actors and visuals. I wouldn’t recommend it but its really not as bad as I thought it would be.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Jan 20 2013

Inkaar- Movie Review

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inkaar posterThe trailer looked interesting and that is what made me want to go watch the movie. Also, Sudhir Mishra and Chitrangda Singh are reasons enough.

Maya (Chitrangda Singh) joins an ad agency where Rahul (Arjun Rampal), the CEO, helps her take her career to greater heights. Her confidence increases and she starts doing very well, so much so that she is promoted to be the National Creative Head. In the middle of all this, she falls in love with him and they have an affair that’s sizzling. Now in a workplace, there can be competition and jealousy among other things. Maya accuses Rahul of sexually exploiting her and reports it to a Social worker who then forms a committee from the agency itself to help sort out the issue.

Sudhir Mishra’s made his own version of Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Corporate’ and the entire premise is well established. There are a few loopholes in the story, especially in the second half but the flow of the screenplay is good and there wont be a dull moment. Sure, you will feel a little restless at some moments and the film might feel like a drag then but the performances keep you gripped. What makes me wonder is… where is the ‘sexual harassment’ in the story? You’ll just find it like a cat and mouse game where one is trying to beat the other at their game and at the end of it, both can’t do without each other. The styling is good and so is the cinematography.

Coming to the performances… Arjun Rampal who usually acts with his dead pan expressions surprisingly did a good job in this one. I didn’t think he was that great in Rock On but Inkaar is his best performance according to me till date. He easily convinces as an egoistic, arrogant and yet charmingly good looking ad guru. Chitrangda Singh as we all know is a stunner and no doubt she looked drop dead gorgeous in this too but her performance wasn’t as good as it has been in the past. Not that she wasn’t good at all but she could have acted better.

The music by Shantanu Moitra is average. I like the title song that plays in the beginning when both of them are in the water and also the song ‘Maula tu maalik hai’.

Inkaar could have been a great film only if the story was cut short and the ending made not to please but to pleasantly surprise. The performances are the saving grace.

Rating– 2.5/5

 

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Oct 19 2012

Student Of The Year- Movie Review

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I’m a huge Karan Johar fan and have loved watching every movie of his, yes even Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham so how could I leave out Student of the year?! Anyway, here’s my review.

So, there’s this huge University at Dehradun which calls itself a school housing some really posh students who travel in Ferraris. They have the ‘Student of the year’ competition going on every year thanks to their happy and gay principal Rishi Kapoor. Through this, relationships are formed and some are broken. Student of the year is about 3 friends and their ups and downs in their friendships.

This is one of those movies which college students will love and the rest of us might not relate to it as much. Karan Johar has a typical style- making everything look beautiful and filmy! Visually rich in terms of cinematography, styling, make up, hair, production design and music too. The editing could have been better though. The first half of the movie just goes on and on and there’s too much bakbak in the starting from all the supporting actors.

I have a huge crush on Siddharth Malhotra! I swear! He’s so hot and what a body! I felt like a college kid again after watching him! By the way he acts pretty well and has good screen presence.  Alia Bhatt was alright. She’s pretty. Varun Dhawan was good but didn’t look like the rich spoilt brat. Rishi Kapoor as usual was too good! Sana Saeed (little Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) barely had any dialogues. She just had to look hot and bitchy which she did very well. Even the guy who played ‘Pseudo’ was very natural. All the other supporting actors did a good job.

The music by Vishal and Shekhar mainly includes some fun foot tapping numbers like ‘Disco Deewane’ but also has a different and nice track called ‘Ishqwala love’ which can grow on you after listening to it a couple of times.

Overall, it was a little better than ok for me. I was wondering how come no Shahrukh Khan in this movie (even a guest appearance).

Rating– 3/5

 

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Sep 21 2012

Heroine- Movie Review

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Heroine was one film I just had to watch because the subject was so interesting. But the film was so disappointing! Here’s why.

Heroine is about this superstar who can’t act, much like some of our very own Bollywood stars. She’s hot and gets endorsements and movies just because she’s a star. Her love life sucks and as a result she’s always moody and not the first choice when it comes to working with other actors and directors. A PR person comes in who helps her reach a better stage in her career only to be let down because of Kareena’s erratic mood swings and what she does with them. And of course, Madhur Bhandarkar style we see various phases of a ‘heroine’ and those around her in the industry.

Ok now, what was Madhur Bhandarkar thinking?! Yes Chandni bar, Page 3 and Fashion worked because somewhere they were realistic and gave an insight into a world we all want to know about. Heroine is nothing but negative all through! Kareena Kapoor plays a star who has no friends even outside the industry, she gets big films like Katrina Kaif based on looks, she smokes and drinks a lot, she’s moody, she’s insecure about love and even career, she’s had a bad past and what not. So basically there’s nothing positive about her except the fact that she looks good. Madhur Bhandarkar must really hate people in Bollywood to show what he’s shown in the film. All make up men and designers are gay, a small budget film director has that unkempt look and is always more respected as compared to other directors, the main heroine has no friends only, everyone in the industry is a compulsive smoker… how many more clichés ya! To top it all, there’s a lameass ‘item number’ called Halkat Jawani which falls flat on its face because it’s as bad as the songs in his earlier movie ‘Page 3’. Remember ‘Kuwan ma doob jaaoongi’?

So yeah, Madhur Bhandarkar is somehow losing his tag of a ‘realistic film maker’. Heroine is incredibly exaggerated and negative, as if made to remove his bhadaas on some people in the Bollywood film industry. All the actors except for Kareena Kapoor look like they’re from the 90s and even dress like that. The story takes too long to end!

Kareena Kapoor is obviously the star of the film. She looks great and has even acted well but we’ve seen Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut doing the same thing in Fashion, Bipasha Basu in Raaz 3 and Vidya Balan, who was so much more realistic and better in The Dirty Picture if we talk about recent similar films.  Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda have done a good job even though they had small roles. Mugdha Godse said, “Shits!” which sums up her acting skills and how she talks in real life.  Lillette Dubey, Shahana Goswami, Ranvir Shorey and Divya Dutta are superb! Other than that, there are just a bunch of dumb actors excited to work with Madhur Bhandarkar.

Honestly, there could have been so much more to make Heroine a sure shot superhit but Madhur Bhandarkar screwed it up with stereotyping almost everything and creating a film full of negativity and the bad side of Bollywood. Not cool!

Rating– 2/5

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Aug 3 2012

Jism 2- Movie Review

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I think the movie should have been called Sunny’s 2. More on that. Read on.

So, umm, the story, right. Sunny Leone places Izna, a sexy porn star who fasaos this psycho assassin (Randeep Hooda) in her love, rather sex ka jaal for an Intelligence Officer (Arunoday Singh).

Looks like Pooja Bhatt wanted to take Jism one step ahead and so chose Sunny Leone, who is sexier, bustier and more famous as compared to Bipasha Basu who got extremely popular with her smooching scenes with boyfriend John Abraham back then. The look of the film is good, cinematography, locations, styling, acting, make up all good. The problem is the story, screenplay and lack of focus. The dialogues were cheesy and sleazy. Also, the music is very ok, not half as good as the music in Jism. It feels like the only reason for making this film was Sunny Leone. She’s probably in every scene, wearing push-up bras, low neck tops and short skirts to titillate every man sitting in the theatre. It was clearly expected which is why the theatre was almost full with 90% men and only 10% women that too for a 1:30pm show.

Sunny Leone looks sexy and we all know that, but the good part is that there was scope to see her acting also which was not bad at all. Even though her voice was dubbed, she acted really well and if I didn’t know she was a real life porn star, I would have just thought she’s another model. Her make up was superb! Randeep Hooda was very good as usual and has that intensity in his eyes which speak a thousand words. Arunoday Singh is a good actor but it seemed like he was struggling with his Hindi.

The music was ok. Unfortunately, even though it’s supposed to be an erotic thriller, it seemed more like a Sunny Leone commercial. It really should have been called Sunny’s 2, if you know what I mean! So yeah, avoid.

Rating– 2/5

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Aug 1 2012

Jism 2- Movie Preview

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So, Jism 2 directed by Pooja Bhatt  releases this Friday and I’m looking forward to see whether it’s actually a movie worth watching or just focusing on Sunny Leone the pornstar. Here’s what I think after watching the trailer and songs.

 

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Jul 10 2012

Cocktail- Movie Preview

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I’m really looking forward to watching Cocktail! From the trailer it looks like it’s going to be a fun, colourful and youthful film.

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Dec 2 2011

The Dirty Picture- Movie Review

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When I heard that ‘The Dirty Picture’ is based on Silk Smitha’s life, I quickly did a Google search and found out that she had done a small role in the movie ‘Sadma’ with Kamal Hasan and she looked extremely horny and weird. Why would anyone make a movie about Silk Smitha and why would Vidya Balan put on so much weight for a movie?! Read on.

The Dirty Picture is about Silk Smitha’s life. Reshma (Vidya Balan) runs away from home searching for work that will make her rich and famous. As luck would have it, even with her simple looks, she manages to get a song in a movie. People don’t like the movie, but when they see her sensuous moves and kaatil adaayein, she becomes the most wanted girl and everyone wants to sign her in their films. From Reshma, she becomes Silk and men love her, want her and can’t get enough of her. But is there anything besides money and fame in her life?

Ekta Kapoor knows what works and what doesn’t. She’s made a smart move and created a film that will be remembered not only for Vidya Balan’s acting and passion to be the character she plays, but everything about the movie replicates a person’s life we knew nothing about. To me that is a big deal. The story is very well played out and each character is well defined. The dialogues are superb and I love the way everything from the 80s ka setting to the costumes to the songs look so real and suit the time she lived in. The whole crew and especially the director Milan Luthria have done a damn good job!

Vidya Balan is the star of the show, undoubtedly! I can’t imagine any actress who’d put on 12 kgs for a movie, jeopardizing her film career. She deserves a standing ovation and hats off to her for pulling it off so beautifully! She looks fantastic even though she has an ugly paunch in the movie and acts effortlessly! RESPECT! She can probably be called the female Aamir Khan in Bollywood who does films because they mean something and not just to make money or whatever other reasons other actors have. She definitely deserves all the awards this year! Naseeruddin Shah might be old but does such a good job that you’d feel no one else would match up to him for the part of Surya. Tusshar Kapoor plays a lallu in the movie and luckily didn’t have a big role so he was quite ok. Emraan Hashmi has acted decently but his voice is quite irritating and monotonous!

The movie has only 3 songs out of which Ooh Lala is just too good and I can’t stop dancing everytime I listen to it thanks to Bappi Lahiri. Even Ishq Sufiyana is lovely.

The Dirty Picture is one of the best movies of 2011 and I totally recommend it! Go watch it in a single screen theatre to really enjoy it! Superb hai boss!

Rating– 4/5

 

 

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Apr 15 2011

Wicked

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She’s sexy and she knows it.

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Oct 29 2010

Hisss- Movie Review

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Ummm ok… Where do I start from?! Ummm… well. Ok…So…

Hisss is the story about a sensual Naagin who is out for vengeance.  A desperate foreigner comes all the way to India to just get the naag mani* from the snake to cure his cancer and to do so; he kidnaps the male snake while he is mating with Mallika Sherawat (she is supposed to be a snake in the movie).

So besides trying to look for the man who took away her love, she kills atleast 5 other horny men trying to rape other random women, for reasons unknown. That was probably the director Jennifer Lynch’s idea- to add a social service message in the movie.

Let me tell you that I wanted to watch Hisss not because it would be stupid but because I’ve seen the old Naagin movies when I was a kid and I thought they were pretty cool so I thought this would be as cool if not cooler than them! But dude! This was soft porn! In the first five minutes itself, you’ll find two snakes mating.  Then Mallika Sherawat makes a semi- nude entry as a snake. In fact, she’s semi-nude throughout the movie! Ok I agree she looks very sexy but honestly, this movie required no acting. She has no dialogues (not complaining) and was just supposed to be seducing the audience with her eyes and naked body. Irrfan Khan plays a detective and Divya Dutta his wife. What a waste of two great actors!

I must admit, I didn’t really get bored, keeping in mind the pathetic acting and horrible direction. Some of the scenes were pretty entertaining. The special effects are not praise-worthy but there has been some effort put into making the snakes appear as real as possible!

Overall, Hisss is a really bad movie and Mallika Sherawat needs to get a life!

Rating– 1/5

* The Naag Mani is considered as one of the nine sacred pearls and  is formed in the mouth of the king cobra only once that cobra passes a 100 years of life on earth. Books also mention that it only happens in the cobra that passes one hundred years of life on earth. Once the pearl is formed, the snake achieves magical powers and can transform into any form it desires. The size and luster of Mani increases with the age of the snake. It is moon like pearl with blue tint and it emits light in darkness to play with it and to search for its prey in its light. Owning such Mani is considered good luck and it makes a person wealthy and fulfills all desires. It is also mentioned that when the gem is separated from the Cobra, the cobra dies.

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